president's immigration reform proposal. >>> danica patrick makes history in daytona. >>> a new hope for han solo. >>> and the nation's greatest president immortalized in cheddar. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good morning to you. it's nice to see you. i'm veronica de la cruz. the world of country music has lost a memorable voice. mindy mccready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. she sold more than three million of albums but was plagued by alcohol abuse and stints in rehab. we have a look at her rise to fame and her public downfall. >> reporter: mindy mccready started her rise to fame in 1996 with her debut album "10,000 angels" which would go on to earn multi-platinum status. in the years that followed she would release four more albums, charting 12 songs on the country billboard singles chart. from the first rapid climb to fame it would be more her private life that kept her name in the headlines.
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